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What does hypo mean on thyroid ultrasound?

What does hypo mean on thyroid ultrasound?

Fewer echoes on US: Hypoechoic describes the appearance of a nodule on ultrasound (us). It refers to a nodule that reflects back fewer sound waves compared to the normal thyroid tissue around it. While most thyroid cancers are hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are not cancers. But a hypoechoic nodule may have a slightly higher risk of being a cancer than other nodules. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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What does a colorful thyroid ultrasound image mean?

Blood flow: Color on your thyroid ultrasound means that color doppler was applied and blood flow was detected. It is generally normal unless there is too much color, which would have been mentioned in the report. ...Read more

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What does inferior lymph nodes mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

What does inferior lymph nodes mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

Lower neck: Most likely this is referring to nodes located in the lower part of your neck closer to the sternum and clavicles. ...Read more

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What does "the axial diameter of the adjacent lymph nodes is 6mm or less" mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

What does "the axial diameter of the adjacent lymph nodes is 6mm or less" mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

Normal lymph node: Normal lymph nodes in the neck are 10 mm or less in axial diameter. We would expect to find lymph nodes this size under normal circumstances. ...Read more

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I had a thyroid ultrasound at the endocrinologist and he saw 3 nodules. What does this mean?

I had a thyroid ultrasound at the endocrinologist and he saw 3 nodules. What does this mean?

May need follow up: The data says that without a dominant mass, nodules less than 2.5 cm are rarely of concern. The thyroid frequently forms nodules, most of which are of no concern. But depending on the size and imaging characteristics, as well as your risk factors, your doctor may need to reassess at later date. If your doctor is not worried, than you should not be either! ...Read more

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I had a thyroid ultrasound and the findings indicated that the thyroid gland is borderline small. Impression, small, heterogeneous what does this mean?

Thyroiditis: This is a nonspecific findings. It, however, typically suggests sequelae of a prior inflammation of the thyroid gland, such as hashimoto thyroiditis. After the acute inflammation, the thyroid gland becomes fibrosed and scarred and shrinks in size. What's more important is your thyroid function tests and that there were no report of any thyroid nodule to biopsy. ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound - entire right lobe is hetergeneous. Hyperechoic nodule measuring 5mm. Left lobe is diffusely inhomogeneous. What does this mean?

Thyroid Ultrasound: I am a proponent of following up with the doctor who ordered your study to get an interpretation. My reasoning is one, they know why it was ordered, they know your clinical story and two they both have access to the radiologist who read it to discuss it and that little thing at the bottom of the report which says clinical impression. ...Read more

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Hi! I just got my thyroid ultrasound result and I want to know what does it mean of heterogenous hypoechoic parechymal echotexture is noted? Thank u!

Hi! I just got my thyroid ultrasound result and I want to know what does it mean of heterogenous hypoechoic parechymal echotexture is noted? Thank u!

Why having scan?: Slightly heterogenous hypo echoic thyroid can represent Graves disease (idiopathic hyperthyroidism. However increase heterogeneity may be seen in thyroiditis such as hashimoto's disease. Gland usually enlarged and hypervascular with Graves disease. Hashimoto's can be vascular early and decrease with time in vascularity and size. Meaning of ultrasound findings to be correlated with clinical signs ...Read more

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Can you tell me what the thyroid ultrasound sees?

Can you tell me what the thyroid ultrasound sees?

Anatomy of thyroid: The ultrasound is a technique using sound waves to look inside the body. The thyroid ultrasound exam specifically measure the thyroid gland size (to assess for enlargement or shrinkage), the thyroid texture (for autoimmune or inflammatory diseases that cause heterogeneity), presence of lumps (nodules that may be benign or cancerous), and the amount of blood flow (increase in certain conditions). ...Read more

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I would like help understanding thyroid ultrasound results.?

Talk to your doctor: It's best to talk to the doctor that ordered the ultrasound. Only he/she knows your history and can put the results in context with your situation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid ultrasound?

What is the definition or description of: thyroid ultrasound?

Sound waves not xray: A thyroid ultrasound uses sound waves rather than x rays to take a picture of the thyroid gland, blood vessels and lymph nodes in the neck. It is an excellent test to distinguish if a thyroid "nodule" is solid or fluid-filled (a cyst). ...Read more

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How well does a thyroid ultrasound tell if you have cancer or not?

How well does a thyroid ultrasound tell if you have cancer or not?

Pretty good: The thyroid ultrasound does not directly tell you if you have cancer. The ultrasound identifies suspicious areas of the thyroid. Then, if the areas are suspicious enough, you may undergo a biopsy where a needle is placed into the thyroid area and samples are examined under a microscope to see if you have thyroid cancer or not. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor make me get a thyroid ultrasound?

Why would a doctor make me get a thyroid ultrasound?

Ultrasound: No one can force you. Doctor can recommend because you have an enlarged gland or they are searching for nodules or growths in your gland. ...Read more

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My thyroid ultrasound showed mutliple nodules. Does that sound like cancer?

My thyroid ultrasound showed mutliple nodules. Does that sound like cancer?

Multinodular thyroid: The most common cause of your ultrasound finding is a multinodular goiter. Majority of time these are benign and the thyroid will have normal function. It is actually more of a concern for cancer when the thyroid only has 1 or 2 solid nodules, not dozen of smaller ones. A thyroid biopsy is a simple test to sample suspicious nodules. ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound showed heterogenous echogenicity hypervascular thyroid. Thyroid labs normal. Any thoughts on what this is?

See endocrinologist: It is unclear why these studies are being done, especially if thyroid blood tests are normal. You should see an endocrinologist to have him/her interpret these tests. That ultrasound is consistent with hashimotos thyroiditis. ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound question: what do cancer's look like on ultrasound?

Thyroid ultrasound question: what do cancer's look like on ultrasound?

Darker than normal: Ultrasound shows differences in density of thyroid nodules. They many times seem darkerthan normal thyoid tissue. Sometimes you can see increased amount of small blood vessels. Sometimes you can see small specks of calcium. ...Read more

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I am waiting for final results from a Thyroid ultrasound. They did tell me one side was a little swollen. Levels normal. Would this make me feel sick.

I am waiting for final results from a Thyroid ultrasound. They did tell me one side was a little swollen. Levels normal. Would this make me feel sick.

Wait 4 final report: Thyroid gland is normally asymmetric with the right lobe usually larger than the left lobe. Hashimotos disease may affext one side more than other. I would wait for final report before guessing. ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound reveals that 2 nodules prev. Ultrasound & bio. 6 months ago have now grown to 2.6x2.7cm compared to 1.9x1.7cm previously. Worrisome?

The safest thing: To do with pathologically proven benign nodules that demonstrate that kind of interval growth is repeat fna biopsy. The procedure has a very low complication rate and most patients find it to be painless. Other measures might include TSH measurement and, if it is depressed, a radionuclide scan to see if the nodule (s) are "hot" or producing excessive thyroid hormone. These nodules are benign. ...Read more

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For what reasons might a doctor make a teen get a thyroid ultrasound?

For what reasons might a doctor make a teen get a thyroid ultrasound?

Several reasons: Ultrasound is very good for determinig if there is a thyroid nodule or the gland is big or small. If the doctor felt something on exam, they would want to further characterize it. Also, if the thyroid function tests are abnormal, that could prompt and ultrasound exam. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor make a teenager get a thyroid ultrasound?

To asses nodules: This is one of the less invasive ways to assess the size of the gland and any nodules that may have been evident on exam. The us character may lead to more specific studies or exclude need for getting them. ...Read more

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How is thyroid ultrasound used to diagnose a multinodular goiter?

How is thyroid ultrasound used to diagnose a multinodular goiter?

Sonar images: Ultrasound uses the variation in the 2 dimensional images produced by scanning the thyroid like a fisherman uses sonar to find a school of fish under his boat. Enough thyroid us's have been done to develop pictures of how big each part of the gland should be at a given age in a given condition. ...Read more

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Would hashmitos or graves disease show up on a thyroid ultrasound?

Maybe: Hashimoto's disease is auto immune thyroiditis. It is diagnosed clinically and by thyroid auto antibodies such as antithyroglobulin antibodies and antithythroid microsomal antibodies. It may be inferred on a ultrasound. Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed clinically, by lab. And by a 24 hour RAI23 uptake and scan. ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound shows heterogenous hypervascular echogenicity. No nodules. Thyroid labs were normal. Any ideas on what this is?

What thyoid labs?: There are many thyroid labs and most docs do not check enough of them? This ultrasound is consistent with grave's disease and thyroiditis. With grave's standard thyroid tests would usually be abnormal but might look ok with thyroiditis. Please make sure anti-thyroid antibodies (anti-tpo and anti-thyroglobulin) have been checked, as well as free t3 (liothyronine) and reverse t3 (liothyronine). ...Read more

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I had my thyroid ultrasound done and I have a goiter and some nodules. What do I need to do now?

Thyroid function?: You need to know your thyroid function level (free t4, tsh). If these are normal, the nodules are small (<1 cm), and you have no neck compressive symptoms from the goiter, usually observation is recommended. If a nodule is > 1cm and/or has suspicious characteristics on ultrasound, a fine needle biopsy may be needed. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more